If you’ve been wanting to pick one of the HP Chromebooks later this month then don’t hold your breath. Why? Turns out, they were removed from the Best Buy and Amazon stores because of a number of user complaints about the overheating chargers that cause the damage.
In the meantime, HP advised not to use the original chargers that came with a product and rely on micro USB chargers instead.
Can you feel the teenager excitement in the air?
Now here’s something for the Chromebook crowd. Today, Google has announced a new beta build of Chrome OS, which includes a new, family friendly feature called “Supervised users”.
Recently, we learned that Google is working on its own cookie alternative and now, it looks like it’s not the only one.
According to AdAge, Microsoft is too developing a similar technology, which would track users across PCs, tablets, smartphones and even Xbox. The replacement itself is basically a device identifier, which means that you could opt in or opt out of such service. Unlike now, where any company can collect data, such technology would make Microsoft directly responsible for your data, be it for better or worse.
Software over hardware?
It looks like Mozilla wants to get into the screen mirroring game. As see in the blurry photo posted by a claimed insider, Mark Finkle, the open source organization appears to have developed some sort of mirroring technology that (among other Android devices) works between a Roku box and Nexus 4.
Better privacy control as long as you trust Google.
If you haven’t heard about the AdID before, it’s because there is no such thing yet. However, according to USAToday, Google is working on an anonymous identifier (AdID), which would eventually replace everyone’s beloved cookies.
As stated in the article, AdID would allow ad companies to target various web browser users but there are certain guidelines that would give consumers more control over their privacy, which does sound good on a paper.
Now here’s a non-news story for you.
If you are using Google Analytics and IE8, then you’re going to have a bad time as the search giant has recently announced its plans to drop the support for Microsoft’s web browser by the end of 2013.
As it says in the blog post, Google has “decided to do this to both accelerate the pace at which we can innovate new product features, and to facilitate adoption of newer web technologies in the design of the Google Analytics product.”
In addition to HP’s and Acer’s Chromebooks, Intel has also announced models from ASUS and Toshiba.
While specs or pricing are yet to be revealed, it was revealed that ASUS is working on a lightweight PC for those that want some screen flexibility.
Brace yourselves for a new wave of Chromebooks.
Thanks to a fresh line up of Intel Haswelll processors, OEMs have announced a bunch of new Windows and Chrome OS laptops.
Calls it “a new breed”.
It looks like Google has been cooking something special for its 5th birthday and no, it’s not a cake. Turns out, the search giant has been working on a next generation of Chrome apps that are set to rival those of Windows and Mac.
Not only will they work offline but those apps behave like any native app on other operating systems, meaning that they can access pretty much any part of your computer hardware, including storage, ports and Bluetooth connection.